Last weekend I started my first official Keelboat course at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center on Mission Bay in San Diego. It was great! I got to navigate us out to the ocean. And thanks to a bunch of large fishing boats I now understand what wake can do to a sailboat…holy moly…it was a little wobbly!
I’ve also found a boat broker. After having researched boats for sail on craigslist for the past year I think that having more resources on my side is a better choice. If I already had a wealth of knowledge about sailing and boats I’d totally be fine buying a boat off craigslist. This boat is going to be my home, and I’m still a newbie, so I’d rather spend a little more and have proper contracts and inspections. I know that there are bad brokers out there, and they do get paid by the seller for their commission, but I think this is the right choice for me a this point.
So, we sail on a J-24 for class. Apparently those boats are build for racing and handling. I did a 360! Our instructors are really great. The class starts with about a half hour of instruction at the chalkboard, then we’re out on the boats rigging and off we go. There’s a part of me that is thinking “ok, wait a second, we’ve never sailed this before, this could end in catastrophe, is this a good….oh wow this is awesome”. That’s pretty much each course I’ve taken there. They give you the info, have you rig the boat then off you go! Apprehension is quickly replaced by happiness. For this class the instructor is on the boat with us. My boat had 3 students, and we just rotated crew positions. Can’t wait for this class this weekend!